The twenty first century comes with numerous advantages and improvements as well as a lot of setbacks. In fact, it won't be preposterous to imply that a lot of these improvements come in with their special kind of disadvantages.
Improved healthcare services has led to increase in fertility rate and decrease in mortality leading to a great increase in population. With increase in population comes a lot of advantages and disadvantages as well. One of the greatest disadvantages of the rapidly increasing world population is the challenge it poses to the satisfaction of one of man's most basic needs for survival; shelter.
Housing challenges in this century is faced by everyone but it is especially defined for the disabled. Procuring suitable living quarters has become really difficult due to congestion in large cities and the unprecedented competition for acquiring the limited housing facilities available. The challenges of finding suitable housing are more difficult for the disabled and this is as a result of a number of factors which will be discussed in subsequent paragraphs.
For many people living with disabilities, housing isn't affordable. Compared with the population without disabilities, they tend to have lower incomes and live alone. If the only problem faced by disabled persons was the affordability of housing units, choosing suitable living arrangements would have still been easier for them. Apart from affordable housing, the challenges of finding suitable living arrangements that can aid and ease the effect of their disability is an added difficulty.
Disability limits the day to day activity of people and therefore it is important that they stay in an enabling environment to help them get past this limitation and live a somewhat easier life. For housing to be appropriate for the disabled, it has to meet their accessibility requirements (bungalows instead of storey buildings), adjusted floor plans, absence of stairs and also a convenient location in relation to working place and other important outlets.
The requirements for providing suitable housing for people with disabilities are not exactly strenuous. The kind of housing that may suit a disabled person must come with a parking space, right in front of the house, a ground floor apartment or an apartment with very few stairs, proximity to healthcare services and other outlets like the mall, restaurants, coffee shops and the grocer's.
For many housing providers, building houses to the specific requirements may seem a little more expensive and less profitable to construct. They seem to have their hands full with just providing accommodations for the able bodied people who are also desperate to acquire affordable accomodations. Hence, some developers may feel it is a waste of space to build a bungalow in a spot that can accommodate a four storey building.
Moreover, with the increasing jostle for limited space, it may be impossible for developers to satisfy all the accessibility requirements of people with disabilities especially if the house is expected to be affordable. Since most disabled persons earn less generally, housing providers may believe that specifically catering for the housing needs of the disabled may reduce their profit margin by a great chunk. Hence, their reticence to working on housing facilities more suitable for persons living with disabilities.
The trend is disheartening. It is only hopeful that in the years to come, more will have been done to aid the disabled in acquiring suitable accomodations.